Over a period of ten years, five psychiatrists prescribed 25 different medications in different combinations and different dosages, including Abilify, Adderall, Ativan, Buspar, Celexa, Concerta, Cymbalta, Depakote, Effexor, Geodon, Klonopin, Lamictal, Lexapro, Lithium, Neurontin, Parnate, Prozac, Seroquel, Strattera, Tegretol, Topamax, Trileptal, Wellbutrin, Zoloft, and Zyprexa.
And I experienced the attendant side effects, including anxiety, blurred vision, confusion, cognitive memory loss, dry mouth, hair loss, exaggerated response to stress, hand tremors, headaches, insomnia, irritability, a severe rash, shortness of breath, slowed mental functioning, slurred speech, weight gain, and so much more.
Tomorrow, I'll talk more how I feel about having been on the medication merry-go-round.
(The graphic isn't a photograph of my pills, but since I've saved all the bottles, I'll show you what I've taken tomorrow as well.)
P.S. I highly recommend Gianna's post on Bipolar Overawareness Week!